Nvidia's New Titan X Is the New Most-Insane Graphics Card Ever

By Gerald Lynch on at

And you thought the Nvidia GTX 1080 looked powerful. If you splashed the cash on Nvidia's most recent flagship GPU, then I've got some maddening news for you – Nvidia has just revealed this years Titan X card, and it's so insanely powerful to make even the GTX 1080 look puny.

Even Nvidia itself seems to have a sense of wunderlust about its new creation:

We said our GTX 1080 delivers an “irresponsible amount of performance.” It was a bit reckless. But this is even more reckless.

A quick look at the numbers then:

  • 12-billion transistors
  • 11 TFLOPs FP32 (32-bit floating point)
  • 44 TOPS INT8 (new deep learning inferencing instruction)
  • 3,584 CUDA cores at 1.53GHz (versus 3,072 CUDA cores at 1.08GHz in previous TITAN X)
  • High performance engineering for maximum overclocking
  • 12GB of GDDR5X memory (480GB/s)

Sat against the the GeForce GTX 1080‘s 2560 CUDA cores, 1607MHz and 1733MHz base and boost clock, and 8GB of 10Gbps GDDR5X memory on a 256-bit interface, the Titan X is rocking 3854 CUDA cores running at a slightly slower 1417MHz and 1531MHz base and boost clock, as well as 12GB of 10Gbps GDDR5X on a 384-bit interface. That means that at 480GB/sec its memory is a full 25 per cent faster than the GTX 1080’s 320GB/sec.

It's very power hungry though. Using the same 8-pin and 6-pin auxiliary PCI-Express power connectors as the GeForce GTX 1080, the Titan X consumes significantly more power — 250 Watts versus the 1080’s 180 Watts. As with the 1080, it’s SLI-ready for those looking to dual wield two cards in a single machine, supporting all of Nvidia’s latest Pascal architecture tweaks like Simultaneous Multi-Projection and GPU Boost 3.0, as well as VR-specific tech like VRWorks. In terms of industrial design, the angular cooler chamber is used, in black like the Titans that have preceded it.

All this power doesn't come cheaply of course. Internationally, you'll be looking at an asking price of $US1199 when it launches on August 2, making it almost twice as expensive as the $US699 GeForce GTX 1080. That's £905 for the Titan X when directly converted to UK pounds, but considering the UK markup the original Titan received upon its release, don't be surprised if that figure ends up a fair whack higher when the true price is eventually revealed. [Nvidia]